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When Perry begins his cross-examination of Tom Stratton (Ed Platt), his voice sounds hollow and stilted. Clearly he’s had to be dubbed later by Raymond Burr for some reason. Also, Ed Platt turns in a good performance in this episode. I think he was a very under-rated actor. Submitted by billp, 25 October 2009.

The police matron in the courtroom is very lax in her demeanor, first sitting with her legs crossed during the morning session, then sitting casually draped across her chair on the afternoon session.

So…what was is the larceny alluded to in the title? Queried by gracenote, 7/4/2011.

Good question. Blackmail and extortion are separate crimes from larceny, and so is murder. Those are the only crimes involved here, right? (although there might be a sort of "insider trading," but that's how all cities operate their real-estate deals, right -- the insiders get rich?) cgraul 6.27.12

When Julia Webberly drives up to Frank Sykes's house at 24:43, we see the license plate of her car, KYL 907. I'm sure we've seen that creepy plate before in another episode. Submitted by 10yearoldfan, 10 February 2012.
+ 10yearoldfan is right. At the least, "KYL 907" has appeared as follows:

  • in this ep#107, on Julia Webberly's 1961 Dodge Polara 2-Door HardTop V8;
  • in Ep#9, on the plates of Edgar Ferrell's '57 Lincoln Convertible (screenshot here) AND on the Automobile Registration form of John Addison's '57 Continental MkII (same License Number for two different cars in the same episode);
  • in Ep#41, on "Theodore's" car (see 10yearoldfan's Trivia entry); and
  • in Ep#97 on the plates of Everett Dorrell's '60 Mercury Park Lane Convertible.

Perhaps "KYL 907" was a defunct pair of real plates held by the Props Dept and used on unlicensed cars. Thanks to 10yearoldfan for bringing this out! Another multi-use Lic Number is NFL 252. It is seen on the Automobile Registration forms of four different cars in episodes 77, 83, 86 & 89 (plates not seen, just the forms). Another strange license number is the UAR 076 seen on Perry's '60 Sunliner in Ep#99. Submitted by Gary Woloski, 28 Sep 2012.
+ The plate number KYL 907 was also on Tony Davis' car in episode 41 TCOT Lucky Loser. Added by H. Mason 11/1/14

1957 Ford Model Names. In the CARS Trivia entry above, I have used descriptive names for cars (3a) & (3b). The Official 1957 Ford model-names for those cars are:

Ford confused almost everybody by varying its nomenclature every year. Here is a translation guide for 1957 Fords (limited application for other years):

  • Models from "Base" to "Top-of-the-line": Custom --> Custom 300 --> Fairlane --> Fairlane 500.
  • "Club" = 2-Door (Tudor). "Town" = 4-Door (Fordor).
  • "Victoria" = HardTop (no B-Pillar). "Sedan" = sedan (!) (B-Pillar at center of roofline).

The excellent website lists 23 Ford models for 1957, excluding special vehicles. While you're there, be sure to click on "Exterior Colors" at the left and check out the paint scheme for your '57 Ford! From that site, here's a twin of this episode's Getaway Car (3), a 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Club Sedan. Submitted by Gary Woloski, 10 Oct 2012.

I thought it humorous that after Sykes' first appearance on the stand, Mrs. Webberly states that "there wasn't a word of truth" in his testimony. Then, when Sykes' was called to testify again, the judge reminded him he was still under oath! Submitted by Wiseguy70005, 6/12/14.

And speaking of the judge, this case seems to have an unprecedented amount of interference - for want of a better word - from the judge in the proceedings: I don't recall any other episodes where the judge directs the prosecutor who to call as a witness (or tries to direct, for when the latter refuses, the judge himself calls her). The premise - that Perry had been deprived of an opportunity to cross-examine - doesn't make much sense, since he could have called her himself as his witness. Submitted by Notcom, 112415.

I wonder if the prosecutor has Asperger's. He seems to have a lot of trouble making eye contact. Submitted by scarter, 8/27/14

Audio from TCOTLL can be heard on a patient tv screen in an episode of "The Bold Ones": Perry is talking to "Mr. [Mayor] Henderson"; Raymond Burr is co-listed above "Harbour Productions Unlimited" in closing TBO credits. Mike Bedard 2.27.15.
+ More information please. Do you know the title of The Bold Ones episode? Also The Perry Mason story refered to above would be episode 107 "The Case of the Larcenous Lady". Other LL episodes were Latent Lover, Laughing Lady, Lavender Lipstick, Lawful Lazarus, Libelous Locket, Loquacious Liar, Lover's Leap, Lucky Legs, Lucky Loser, and Lurid Letter. [Reminds me of some old DC comics Superman stories.] Added by H. Mason 3/4/15

I wonder how the priority in the credits was decided. Ellen Drew gets first billing but I would guessed Arthur Franz and Patricia Huston (has that Patrica Barry look) would have been listed 1 and 2. Submitted by Perry Baby 9/29/15.

She (Patricia Huston) not only has that Patricia Barry look, her character has the same cold-blooded approach - the difference being that Ms. Barry could make a statue perspire, whereas Ms. Huston, in my opinion, is as passionate as a chunk of dry ice .. and talk about seeing, but NOT seeing, I just noticed that Ms. Huston played a similar role in #76 Golden Fraud, along with Arthur Franz, but not as his wife, but as the wife of the character who was competing with Franz for a position in the firm they worked for ... man, could that woman play an ice-cold you-know-what! I guess women were more genteel in those days ... if my wife were in the position of 'Julia Webberly' (Ellen Drew), she'd likely had kicked 'Mona Henderson's' little tail all the way back to her home! Submitted by MikeReese, 12/5/2016.

Location: Susan Connelly meets Mr. Stratton at the Highway Hotel which is clearly the Oxnard Hotel now gone but located in Oxnard a 30 minute ride up the coast from where Raymond Burr lived in Malibu. Eric Cooper 30 Aug 16

The view out the window to the judge's left seems to change. At first we see a bit of shingled roof. Later we see a shuttered window. In either case, the view has no relation at all to what we see in exterior shots. DODay 09/04/2017